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Hitting Your Stride: Driving DEI Momentum
In-Person Monday 06/12/2023 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Interpersonal (Behavioral), People (Technical) | Intended Audience: Senior-Level
Workplace Application:
Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how to maintain DEI programs and eliminate fatigue around the topic. 

Now more than ever, employers are prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as a path to attracting and retaining top talent. Today's data-driven DEI tactics are fueling progress, empowering teams and enabling more inclusive environments. But how can people leaders maintain momentum in an increasingly noisy world of work? This session examines new ways to sustain and nurture DEI initiatives without losing steam.

Learning Objectives:

How a robust DEI program leads to attracting and retaining top talent: ADP research found that 76% of workers would look for a new job if they discovered their company lacked a DEI program. Employees care that their organizations are prioritizing DEI, and diverting attention away from DEI initiatives can cause higher turnover. Remembering that DEI leads to retention and finding the best people will help organizations keep up DEI initiatives.   Setting and tracking metrics that help goals feel more achievable: It's no surprise that tracking DEI metrics are important when it comes to measuring progress, but making goals can also make the overall goal of a more diverse and inclusive workforce feel less daunting. Instead of only setting an ambitious 20-year goal, having smaller more incremental goals that can be measured along the way will not only help keep organizations on track, but allow them to see the incremental progress along the way.   Effective ways to hold leaders accountable for achieving DEI goals: When leaders give periodic business updates, ensure that DEI is part of that conversation. Having leaders give consistent updates on how a company is tracking against DEI goals helps to hold the company accountable and keep employees informed. It can also be a moment to celebrate any wins on the DEI front and mobilize employees to help with DEI initiatives and recruiting efforts.   How to create open dialogue and more productive DEI trainings: Recruiting and hiring more diverse talent is imperative but continuing to have open conversations and trainings on DEI is also crucial. Ongoing conversations not only keeps the topic top of mind for employees and leaders, but it also helps to normalize the topic in everyday work and keeps up the momentum of prioritizing DEI.

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Drew Lewis, Vice President, Global Diversity and Talent,